This past weekend, Peter Frampton and Eric Clapton treated fans at Slowhand’s own Crossroads Guitar Festival to a rousing rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the first time the two have performed together.
As Guitar World reports, at the end of his three-song set, Frampton invited Clapton – “a friend I’ve known a long time, but we’ve never played together” – out onstage. The imminent onstage collaboration, Frampton said, had been “a dream of mine for many, many years, decades”.
Together, they took on the Beatles classic, trading licks and riffs and drawing it out to eight minutes. Frampton played his ’54 Les Paul, while Clapton wielded a new “Crashocaster”, which was painted on by graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos. Watch fan-shot footage of their performance above.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps wasn’t the only notable collaboration at the fifth edition of Crossroads Guitar Festival, which took place in Dallas, Texas from 20 to 21 September. According to Live For Live Music, actor and Hollywood Vampires member Johnny Depp covered John Lennon’s Isolation with Jeff Beck on day one, while John Mayer joined Clapton onstage for Layla on day two, as Where’s Eric notes.